In Case You've Wondered

My blog is where my wandering thoughts are interspersed with stuff I made up. So, if while reading you find yourself confused about the context, don't feel alone. I get confused, too.

If you're here for the stories, I started another blog: scratchingforchange.blogspot.com

One other thing: sometimes I write words you refuse to use in front of children, or polite company, unless you have a flat tire, or hit your thumb with a hammer.

I don't use them to offend; I use them to embellish.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Dave Grusin - Mountain Dance

It Started with a Declaration

Today is Independence Day, which celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It marks a day when colonists finally had enough, declared their intentions, and Britain soon followed with armed troops to quell the insurrection. They British failed; and the greatest nation on Earth was formed with the blood, and fortunes, of those that believed liberty is the greatest gift from God. The suffering was great, many lost those they loved, and the experiment of a government that held that the individual is more important the collective soon started.

We're centuries beyond that point, and the efforts to destroy this country are probably stronger than when Great Britain decided to put the colonists back in their place. Still, the demand for liberty is as strong as ever. Ancestors of those that created the United States have the same genetics that led to the longing for liberty. Those that came after have the same longing.  It's a good thing and those that wish otherwise will find their efforts will lead to their disaster.

God bless the United States.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Civil Disobedience and Liberty

They're in the news; county officials refusing to perform same sex marriages, and some that simply quit. They refuse to compromise their morals for a group of nine individuals that decided to follow something beside the Constitution.

Further reading in the news reports a majority opinion that the Federal Government is huge threat to liberty, and that State's rights dictate ignoring mandates in violation of Constitutional guidelines.

So now what happens? I don't know, but I do know a substantial amount of U.S. citizens feel betrayed by their own government. They're not only concerned, they're starting to push back with threats, and actual acts of civil disobedience. Usually, that's a start for major changes. What changes actually happen remain to be seen, but a seething anger at the betrayal of liberty, fiscal irresponsibility, and embracing the tide of illegal immigrants is becoming more than just a few individuals the media can describe as "nutcases".

The media can respond responsibly, or they can ignore those that actually make the United States function. Either way, they've lost the trust of citizens, will find more animosity as they roam, and one day realize they're pawns, gave up something more precious than gold, and future generations will despise the generation of media that hid facts to promote an agenda.

What disturbed me most, while reading news, is the number of people that have no idea of why Independence Day is so significant. That lack of knowledge I blame on teachers. They too will find derision, animosity and realize their chosen profession is considered a threat to liberty.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Meanwhile, Down at the County Clerk's Office

"Can I help you?"

"Yes. We're here for a marriage license."

"Have you been together for long?"

" I guess you can say that."

"You're a fine looking couple."

"Now hold on a minute. We're not gay."

"I don't understand."

"I owe him thousands, and the only way I can pay him back is to marry him, give him half my 401K
and hope he still doesn't want to break my leg with a baseball bat."

"That's more than unusual, and it might not be legal."

"Not so. The Supreme Court ruled I can marry him, and he can have all the benefits of our marriage, if we divorce."

"That's not the way it works. The law only requires you to give half of your 401K for the period of time you were married."

"Maybe so, unless I agree to a settlement that gives him half."

"Still, there might be some problems."

"I doubt it. If I pay the attorney, and the paperwork is filed correctly, I can remove a huge burden hanging over my head, when we divorce."

"You may be right. Fill out the forms, and you'll have a fee to pay for the marriage."

"Sound good. I can get this done, and be down at Bill's for happy hour."

"Next."

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Living in the Oligarchy



Oligarchy:

: a country, business, etc., that is controlled by a small group of people

: the people that control a country, business, etc.

: government or control by a small group of people



I can't think of a better description of the United States at this time. The President ignores the laws, Congress ignores the will of the people, and the Supreme Court rubber stamps whatever fits the agenda of tyranny. We were once a Constitutional Republic.